Conexus Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College launched the nation’s first commercial truck driver training program that is covered by federal student loans and improves the employability of graduates in the growing trucking industry.
The CDL + program will be offered from January 2021 on five Ivy Tech campuses, including Lafayette, and currently welcomes students. Eight more Ivy Tech sites will be offering the course later this year.
Developed by Conexus Indiana in partnership with the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA), Venture Logistics, and Ivy Tech, and with an initial grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the CDL + program elevates the quality of training for new commercial trucks to operate while removing historical financial barriers to entry.
This is the first CDL program eligible for federal student loans, which required both state and federal legislation and approval from the US Department of Education. The State of Indiana is also working to ensure that CDL + is eligible for Workforce Ready grants.
CDL + is a 17 credit hour certificate that can be completed in one semester. Students will have 160 hours of training, which prepares them to become a Class A salesperson
Driver’s license holder (CDL). The program includes 121 hours of operational observation, 30 hours of driving skills development, an eight-week internship, logistics and transportation overview that includes all types of trucking operations including intermodal processes. Emphasis is also placed on professionalism and customer service.
The American Trucki ng Association predicts that freight volumes are expected to increase by 36% over the next decade. During the same period, the trucking industry will need to hire approximately 1.1 million new drivers to meet demand. Additionally, the movement of goods is a critical part of national supply chains, with more than 70% of the $ 650 billion in goods that flow through Indiana every day on state highways.